Wednesday, February 26, 2014

At the speed of cold molasses...we are off!

Now that the flurry of signing is over, we seem to be at a near standstill.  We are waiting on all the aforementioned approvals and on Hi Line to complete our engineered plans with our modifications.  After a trip to the county planning department (and a visit with an amazingly patient employee, Chris), I do feel like we are making progress, if agonizingly slow progress.

In the meantime, I am doing some research for future (hopefully NEAR future) decisions we will be making.  Flooring is the big one.  Hi Line allows us to 'shop' at their chosen flooring contractor.  We get credit for a portion of the standard flooring if we choose to upgrade.  The allowance is small, of course, and the upgrades are pricy, of course.  So first we need to decided what our IDEAL flooring is and then price our the difference.  I am not opposed to a laminate, but feel pushed to a hardwood or engineered hardwood, if we are going to upgrade.  I have difficulty envisioning the space with cabinets, counters, etc. so that I can 'see' what will work.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here goes nothing!

Well, we did it!  We are officially under contract with Hi Line to build!  Now what?  We had to make several decisions before/during the contract negotiations, but there will still be more to come. 

For now?  We wait and push papers and pay fees to get all our ducks in a row, so that we can start construction.  After speaking with the county today, I am thoroughly confused and can hardly see our beautiful new house through the weeds!

We need approvals from the Road Master, the Coquille Tribe, the Planning Department and DEQ BEFORE we can ask for final approval and permits from the Planning Department.  Construction is NOT for the faint of heart!

Wish me luck...